Greetings loved ones.
Man, has it been a while. I woke up this morning after ushering in the New Year last night, and as I lay in bed, my mind drifted to thoughts about restarting, renewal, resetting the clock, all the cliques that typically start with the beginning of the year (and also that I needed a few Advils after celebrating into the wee hours last night). Its funny, because for roughly the last 5 months of last year, I had good intentions about updating my blog here, giving an update, saying something profound, all that jazz.
What I realized though is that ultimately in the last half of 2012, I really didn't have a lot to say to the world. I tend to get into routines in my life, whether its the routine of going to work, playing hockey, reading comics, watching favorite TV shows, movies, playing video games - basically things that are safe, easy to do, and most of all, enjoyable (maybe work is stretching that, but even the act of going to work can be something I take pleasure in). However, the things that are harder, such as the act of creation, working on a project, excercising, seeking new relationships, growing in spiritual matters - all these things take work, and an emotional, mental, and physical investment that sometimes I just am not willing to give on a day by day basis.
I think when I'm traveling the safe road, I'm focusing more on myself. I'm staying tightly within my core group of friends, and I'm fostering an introverted state of being, because I'm just doing whats easy and makes me feel good. But I think naturally when I'm taking the path that is harder but ultimately more fulfilling, I'm opening myself up to the world and being less selfish and more giving, my mind and body are firing on a whole different level, and therefore I will naturally will have a lot more to say, which I think practically will be shown here on the site. If I'm posting a lot, whether its pictures, words, music, video, or whatever, I think you'll know I'm not in the rut that can be the routine of life.
This year, I'm not going to put out any stupid New Year's resolutions. Last year, I publicly made several, some of which were to publish my comics feature every week, and more importantly, have a working rough cut of the documentary that I've been embroiled in for the last several years . Ultimately, I didn't follow through with either. I probably did the comics feature consistently for 3 or 4 months, and although some progress was made on the documentary, we didn't get anywhere near where we wanted to be by the end of the year. So this year, I'm not going to bother with any of that. I would rather just focus on being a better person. I'm old enough now that I know the choices I make hour by hour every day affect who I will be in that time, and I think ultimately if I just focus on making the right decisions that affect who I am daily, then I will be able to be in the position to fulfill everything that deep down I want to accomplish.
That was just a long rambling way of me saying, I guess I just want to be better this year.
Lets see how that goes in 2013.
I took a trip to New Hampshire last week, and due to primarily living in the southwest most of my life, I've never seen colors like this... its a crazy world we live in.
Music: Thrice - Silver Wings
Speaking of Worthy, I thought I'd finally get around to posting my very worthy commission I got at SDCC from the uber talented Reilly Brown. You know him, you love him, its the Man-Thing baby!
I have no idea what this is for, but for those old timey listeners of the Meltcast, you know I like it.
My buddy Caleb tweeted me this, and I'm posting because its pretty funny... and as a slightly massive fan, its also undeniably true.
Oh, and for those that noticed I haven't posted all month, its because I was on vacation - pictures coming soon. Why? Because you didn't ask.
I guess one can chalk this up to "saving the best for last," but after narrowing down the pile I'm down to these? Lucky me.
Ahh, first Scalped, and now this.
Sweet Tooth is ending at issue #40. So officially my first and second favorite comics being published right now will be over in 6 months.
I copied Jeff Lemire's blog he posted about it. He says it was entirely his choice to end it at #40, and while thats fine, I always pegged this book for at least 60 issues, and potentially more, because even though Gus and the gang's mission has always been to get to Alaska, I imagined the story spilling off from there, and going much longer, the inevitable revelation that awaits in Alaska providing the necessary fodder to explore as a jumping off point that could take Gus and Jeppard across possibly more of America, Canada, or even other countries or continents.
Well, a guy can dream. I hope the final arc offers the fitting closure this series deserves. I've got a feeling it will.
From the Vertigo Blog:
When I started working on Sweet Tooth three years ago I thought I’d be lucky if the series made it ten issues. I never dreamed I’d be able to tell the kind of sprawling, 40-issue epic that it ended up becoming. In many ways Sweet Tooth’s likelihood of survival in the competitive comics market was about as great as Gus’ likelihood of survival in the post-apocalyptic world he inhabits. After all, who would have bet on a weird little book about a boy with antlers ever surviving in a market flooded with blockbuster cape and tight titles? But somehow it did. Because of my incredibly loyal fans and the a lot of hard work from collaborators like Matt Kindt, Nate Powell, Emi Lenox and, of course, my closest and most valued teammate, the great Jose Villarrubia, Sweet Tooth survived.
So why end it now? I want to make one thing really clear…Sweet Tooth is not being cancelled. The decision to end it at #40 is entirely my choice. Truth is, I always knew what the ending of Sweet Tooth would be. It was one of the first ideas I came up with when writing the pitch for the book. The beginning and the end of this story were always pretty much written in stone, it was the middle bit that was fluid, and grew and changed as I went along. So, for me it’s incredibly gratifying to finally get to the end of the journey with Gus and Jepperd. Everything I’ve done with the series so far, everything I’ve built month after month, has all been about this, the final story.
I suppose I could have stretched it out a bit longer. I could have had a few more obstacles pop up along the way to Alaska to lengthen the journey (and the series), but it just felt like it was time. Gus wanted to get to Alaska now…and who am I to argue? I’ll miss my little antlered friend. But I owe it to him to finish his story properly. To “leave it all on the ice” as they like to say up here in Canada. And that means not prolonging the series just because I can.
But don’t give up on me. I really feel the best is still to come. The final arc, THE WILD KINGDOM, will be full of everything you’ve loved about Sweet Tooth as well asmany new surprises, new characters and new revelations. And it all builds to one final double sized, fully painted final issue with #40 this December.
And then what? Well, stay posted, because the future holds new adventures, new stories and new ideas from Jose Villarrubia and I!
May 4, 2012
Well, at least the fans of Lemire's creator-owned work still have the Underwater Welder to look forward to.
Aaron Brewer is an aspiring filmmaker, musician and writer living in Los Angeles. There are many irons in the fire, and hopefully one day he'll be able to complete all the ideas he has floating around in his brain stew.